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Casio developing 300 fps CMOS based camera

Aug 31, 2007 at 07:42 GMT

Casio has today revealed plans of an as yet unnamed twelve times zoom, six megapixel CMOS based digital camera which can capture a burst of full-size six megapixel images at sixty frames per second and VGA AVI movies at an astonishing three hundred frames per second (obviously shutter speed allowing). Exact specifications and details are currently a little vague but we do know that it has a 2.8" wide-screen LCD monitor, electronic viewfinder and sensor-shift image stabilization.

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Phil: This sounds like an implementation of Sony's IMX017CQE CMOS sensor which we covered back in February this year. UPDATED: Press Release, high resolution images added.

Press Release:

Casio Developing World’s Fastest-Shooting Digital Camera

Ultra-high speed burst shooting captures 60 still images per secondHigh speed movie recording, at 300 fps, catches motion faster than the human eye

LONDON UK, August 31st, 2007–Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today that it is developingan entirely new digital camera with hitherto unseen high speed performance and image capture functions that make the most of its cutting-edge digital technologies. This revolutionary camera of the future will be able to take still images at an astonishing shooting speed, to catch fast-moving subjects at the crucial moment. It will also take movies that capture movement so fast that it cannot even be seen by the human eye. The first prototype will be on display at the IFA, a consumer electronics trade show, in Berlin, Germany, which opens on August 31, 2007.

Casio’s digital cameras have been setting the pace since 1995, when the company introduced the QV-10, a digital camera for personal use with an LCD display that played a major role in creating the digital camera market. In 2002, Casio commenced sales of the card-sized EXILIM®series of LCD digital cameras, which feature superb portability and response speeds. Casio is constantly seeking to expand the market by delivering greater ease of use and the kind of innovative functions that only digital cameras can offer.

The prototype of Casio’s latest revolutionary camera features a new high speed CMOS sensor and a high speed LSI image processing chip. This 6.0 megapixel, 12x opticalzoom, high performance digital camera prototype with CMOS-shift image stabilization function offers not only ultra high speed burst shooting for still images, but also high speed movie recording.

For still images, the camera achieves ultra high speed burst shooting of 60 images per second at maximum resolution —the fastest in the world*. Moreover, using Pre-shot Burst Mode, (a ultra-high speed continuous shooting mode that captures images from the scene prior to the moment when you actually press the shutter button), users can be confident they will never miss the most crucial photographic moment.

The camera can also capture movies at VGA resolution at an incredible 300 frames per second, which means it can record movies for replay in ultra-slow motion, a function that has only been possible so far with a limited range of professional movie equipment.

Initial specifications

Sensor • 1/1.8" Type CMOS
• 6.0 million effective pixels
• 6.6 million total pixels
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Lens • 12x optical zoom
• 35 - 420 mm equiv.
• F2.7 - F4.6
• 12 elements in 9 groups
High speed continuous • 60 fps JPEG (full resolution)
High speed animation • 300 fps VGA
• AVI Motion JPEG
LCD monitor • 2.8" wide-screen TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
Viewfinder • Electronic viewfinder
• 200,000 pixels
Dimensions 128 x 80 x 130 mm (5.0 x 3.1 x 5.1 in)
Weight (no battery) 650 g (1.4 lb)

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